This is a list of distinguished members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity who have achieved significant recognition in their respective fields, including (but not limited to) education, film, industry, literature, music, philanthropy, public service, radio, science, and television. While many of these names are easily recognizable, other names that have faded from common knowledge are included to reflect the diversity of Sinfonia's membership, the breadth of its history, and the far-reaching influence of its membership on the American musical experience. This list is by no means intended to be a comprehensive listing of the Fraternity's membership, but rather is meant to be representative of those Sinfonians who are or have been prominent in the public eye.
In determining the classification for each Sinfonian listed here, an attempt was made to classify the individual based on what he is most known for. In some cases, a person such as Aaron Copland may be known equally as a conductor and a composer. In other cases, an individual such as Branford Marsalis may be known equally as a jazz musician and a television personality.
Honorary members are in italics, charter members are in bold
- 1 "Big Band" leaders (done)
- 2 Businessmen & Philanthropists (done)
- 3 Composers (done)
- 4 Conductors
- 5 Educational administrators
- 6 Folk singers
- 7 Government leaders
- 8 Instrumentalists
- 9 Jazz artists
- 10 Music critics and editors
- 11 Music educators
- 12 Musicologists
- 13 Peace activists
- 14 Radio, film, & television personalities
- 15 Rock and/or pop musicians
- 16 Scientists & Scholars
- 17 Visual Artists
- 18 Vocalists
- 19 Not currently included in the main list for various reasons
- 20 Notes
- 21 References
"Big Band" leaders (done)
Businessmen & Philanthropists (done)
Two Sinfonians have served as United States Senator, both of whom were initiated at the Mu Chapter at the University of Oklahoma. Sinfonians have served as governor in three states - New York, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Sinfonians have served in the House of Representatives representing New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Two Sinfonians have served in the executive branch of the United States - one as a cabinent member, and the other as vice-president. One Sinfonian has been a major party nominee for the Presidency of the United States.
Music critics and editors
NB - I'm going to mark this up for inclusion (as he is Notable) but as he is the only one in this section I'm holding off until I can create a "Misc" or something of the sort. - Primefac (12 Nov 2012) |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Thomas W. Fox | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Gamma Psi (1971) | class="note" | Kidnapped in November 2005 in Baghdad, leading to the Christian Peacemaker hostage crisis, and was found dead in 2006. | style="text-align:center;" |
Radio, film, & television personalities
Rock and/or pop musicians
Scientists & Scholars
- Capt. Winston Scott, 1950–present (Epsilon Iota 1970; Member of Space Shuttle Endeavor crew; VP of Student Affairs, Florida State University)
- Thomas Hart Benton, (Alpha Psi Honorary 1947)
Not currently included in the main list for various reasons
Composers - Choral/Vocal
- Eric Ewazen, 1954–present (composer)
- David R. Holsinger, 1945–present
- Cleofonte Campanini, 1860–1919 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Italian-born conductor, Conductor of the Chicago Opera, 1910–1919)
- Henry Russell, 1871–1937 (Alpha Honorary 1907; Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1910; English impresario, conductor, opera director, and singing teacher; came to Boston, Massachusetts with the San Carlo Opera Company in 1906. The group remained based in Boston and gave tours annually of mostly Italian operas throughout the United States from 1906 to 1909 in addition to giving performances in Boston. With the opening of the Boston Opera House in 1909, the company essentially became the seed for the newly formed Boston Opera Company (BOC), which Russell co-founded with Bostonian millionaire Eben Jordan, Jr.. He continued to direct the BOC until it went bankrupt in 1915.
- Kurt Schindler, 1882–1935 (Alpha Honorary 1917; German-born conductor and composer.)
- Percy Jewett Burrell, 1877–1964 (Alpha 1899; Dramatist and Playwright; Sixth supreme president of the Fraternity, 1907–1914)
- Albert Spalding, 1888–1953 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1916/19?; Violinist)
- Peter W. Dykema, 1873–1951 (Alpha Honorary 1917, Beta Honorary 1919/1920, Phi 1921, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1932; President of MENC, 1916–1917; Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha, 1922–1928, under who's leadership the Fraternity doubled its number of active chapters in six years. Also served as the national music committee chair in 1925 for Kiwanis International and as chair of the Music Teacher's National Association's (MTNA) Community Music Committee in the 1920s and 1930s. Dykema is recognized as having saved the Fraternity from near extinction following the organizational difficulty that it experienced c. 1917–1920. Dykema is the only Sinfonian known to be have been a member of three chapters, in addition to holding national honorary membership. As a member of the 1931 songbook committee, he is responsible for numerous "general songs" coming into the Fraternity's repertoire. Of the dozens of honorary Sinfonians elected by the Alpha Chapter in 1917, he is perhaps the only one to have gone on to have significant direct involvement with the Fraternity. He was the first of over thirty national presidents of MENC to be Sinfonians.)
- George Washington Brown, 1840–19?? (Alpha Honorary 1917]]), Served as president of the New England Conservatory Board Of Trustees, 1922–1928. By virtue of his 1840 birthdate, most likely the "fourth Sinfonian to be born", behind Andrew Carnegie and Theodore Thomas (both born 1835), and Major Henry Lee Higginson, born in 1834)
- Harvey Samuel Firestone III, 1930–1960 (Beta Tau 1954, heir and only son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company Board Chairman Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Grandson of company founder Harvey Samuel Firestone)
- Harry H. Flagler, 1870–1952 (Beta Gamma Honorary 1936; heir to Flagler dynasty associated with Flagler College and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; President of the New York Symphony)
- Alfred J. Fletcher, 1887–1979 (Zeta Psi Honorary 1961, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1966; Founder, Capital Broadcasting Company; Founder, National Opera Company; namesake of music building at East Carolina University; mentor to U.S. Senator Jesse Helms; namesake of Fletcher Opera Theater at Progress Energy Performing Arts Center)
- Allan Forbes, 1874–19?? (Alpha Honorary 1917; Banker, Member of the Forbes family (a wealthy extended American family originating in Boston), relative of Senator John Kerry.
- Edwin Francis Hyde, 1842–1933 (Alpha Honorary 1917), Spent much of his professional life as a banker in New York City; served as a member of the 22nd NY Regiment in the Civil War and was present at Harper's Ferry in 1862; served as the President of the New York Philharmonic Society from 1888 to 1901, as a Trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary (1898–1924); President of the American Bible Society, 1924–1930.
- Eben D. Jordan II (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1912; Trustee, New England Conservatory, namesake of Jordan Hall at the Conservatory, affiliated with the Boston-based Jordan Marsh department stores)
- Herman D. Kenin, 1901–1970, (Tulsa Alumni Chapter, American trade unionist, head of American Federation of Musicians and later was a leader at American Federation of Labor. His work landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.)
- David A. Klingshirn (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 2003; Founder, American Classical Music Hall of Fame)
NB: Wallace Kuralt deleted, as he was expelled
- Kemp Battle Nye, 1915–1994 (Alpha Rho Honorary 1963; Member of the Battle family associated with the University of North Carolina, Dated author Pearl S. Buck, Chapel Hill businessman and author, Asian adventurer)
- Carl Stoeckel, (Alpha Honorary 1917), Co-founder of Norfolk Music Festival associated with Yale University.
- Galen L. Stone, 1862–1926 (Alpha Honorary 1917; American financier and philanthropist, colleague of Joseph Kennedy; largest benefactor of Charlotte Hawkins Brown's Palmer Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina, where Galen Stone Hall stands in his memory; namesake of the Stone Tower at Wellesley College.)
- Louis C. Sudler, c. 1903–1992 (Iota Honorary 1975; Chicago businessman who helped to bring about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's return to international renown, namesake of the numerous Sudler awards presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation).
Cannot verify status as a Sinfonian
- Arthur Foote, 1853–1937 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary ; member of "Boston Six")
- Gunther Schuller, 1925–present p (Horn Player; President, New England Conservatory of Music, 1967–1977)
- William Steinberg, 1899–1978* (Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1952–1976; Conductor, London Philharmonic, 1958–1960)
- Leopold Stokowski, 1882–1977* (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1917, Conductor of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, & NBC Symphony Orchestra; Featured in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia)
- Vladimir Golschmann, 1893–1972 (New Zeta Honorary 1949; French conductor, Conductor of St. Louis Symphony.)
- Theodore Thomas (conductor), 1835–1905 (Eta Honorary, 1906; American violinist and conductor). By virtue of his birthdate, the "second Sinfonian to be born" after Major Henry Lee Higginson in 1834. (Note: I removed this entry only because Thomas died in 1905 but was (supposedly) initiated into Eta in 1906. Need to look into this further - Primefac 14 Oct 2012)
- Charles Gates Dawes, 1865–1951) (Alpha Honorary 1925; American banker, 30th Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. For his work on the Dawes Plan for World War I reparations he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He served in the First World War, was U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, the first director of the Bureau of the Budget, and, in later life, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.)
- Leonard Rose, 1918–1964 (Gamma Omega 1951, Principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic)
(at least one that makes sense, there's a Harold Bauer initiated at Illinois Wesleyan in 1937, but no others)
- Harold E. Bauer, 1873–1951 (Alpha Honorary 1917(?), Pianist who on 18 December 1908, he gave the world premiere performance of Claude Debussy's piano suite Children's Corner in Paris.)
- Mischa Levitzki, 1898–1941 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Russian born concert pianist, known for recordings of piano rolls. Elected to honorary membership at the age of nineteen, a rarity in the Fraternity)
- Robert Merrill, 1917–2004 (Baritone)
- Elmer Bernstein, 1922–2004 (Gamma Omega 1964; American film score composer known for The Ten Commandments, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Meatballs, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghostbusters, and Airplane!).
- Ellis Marsalis, Jr., 1934–present (jazz musician)
- Buddy Rich, 1917–1987 (Jazz drummer, known as "The world's greatest drummer")
- Felix Borowski, 1872–1956 (Alpha Honorary 1917, Alpha Alpha 1920; British/American composer and teacher)
- Carl Busch, 1862–1943 (Chi Honorary 1913; Danish-born American composer and music teacher sometimes associated with the Indianist movement. He was an important figure in the musical life of Kansas City, Missouri for many years)
- Mark Camphouse, b. 1954 (Xi Theta, 2005) Known for "Movement for Rosa," "Yosemite Autumn," and "Fantasia (on "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair").
- Charles Wakefield Cadman, 1881–1946 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1915; Well known for his many famous songs adapted from American Indian melodies. His most important opera Shanewis, was first produced at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1918.)
- John Alden Carpenter, 1876–1951 (Alpha Honorary 1917; noted for 1914 work Adventures in a Perambulator)
- Frederick S. Converse, 1871–1940 (Lambda Honorary 1911; Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1913, Composer)
- Paul Creston, 1906–1985 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1972)
- Reginald de Koven, 1859–1920 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Music Critic and Composer)
- Henry Fillmore, 1881–1956 (Beta Tau Honorary 1952; American musician, composer, and publisher)
- Ross Lee Finney, 1906–1997 (Alpha Mu 1925; American composer, teacher of Leslie Bassett, George Crumb, Burton Beerman, Roger Reynolds)
- Lukas Foss, 1922–2009 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary, Rho Chi 1970)
- Henry F. Gilbert, 1868–1928 (Alpha 1916)
- David Gillingham, 1947–present (Nu Pi Honorary 1985)
- Don Gillis, 1912–1978 (Gamma Theta Honorary 1941, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1958)
- Donald Grantham, 1947–present (Rho Tau Honorary 1995; )
- Roy Harris, 1898–1979 (Alpha Chi, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1956; Composer)
- Edward Burlingame Hill, 1872–1960 (Alpha Honorary 1917(?), Composer; teacher of Leonard Bernstein and Walter Piston; Harvard music faculty, 1908–1940)
- Rupert Hughes, 1872–1956 (Alpha Honorary 1917; historian, novelist, film director, composer, uncle of Howard Hughes)
- Ulysses Kay, 1917–1995 (Alpha Upsilon 1937). Earliest known African-American Sinfonian.
- Lee Jackson, 1963–present (Alpha Iota 1982, Composer, best known for video game music including Grabbag, the Duke Nukem 3D theme)
- Robert Jager, 1939–present (Composer)
- Edgar Stillman Kelley, 1857–1944 (Omicron 1916)
- Normand Lockwood, 1906–2002 (Nu Rho Honorary 1967, Alpha Alpha National Honorary; Composer)
- Otto C. Luening, 1900–1996 (German-American composer, early pioneer of electronic music)
- Daniel Gregory Mason, 1873–1953 (Alpha 1914; Columbia University music faculty, 1905–1942; Grandson of pioneer American music educator Lowell Mason)
- Dimitri Mitropoulos, 1896–1960 (Alpha Nu 1946)
- Václav Nelhýbel, 1919–1996 (Iota Kappa Honorary 1966; Czech-American composer)
- Robert Moffat Palmer, 1915–2010 (Delta Honorary 1954, American composer, pianist and educator.)
- Horatio Parker (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1915; Teacher, Member of "Boston Six")
- William Presser, 1916–2004 (Rho Tau Honorary 1971)
- Arthur Pryor, 1870–1942 (Beta Tau Honorary 1940). Composer, Band Director, Soloist with the Sousa Band.
- Alfred Reed, 1921–2005 (Gamma Iota 1954; Conductor, Baylor Symphony Orchestra; Developed repertoire material for schools; Director of the Music Industry Program at the University of Miami)
- George Rochberg, 1918–2005 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1977)
- R. Murray Schafer, 1933–present (Delta Iota 1972; Composer and Music Educator)
- David Stanley Smith, 1877–1949 (Alpha Honorary 1917?; Conductor, New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Dean, Yale School of Music, 1920–1940)
- Robert Starer, 1924–2001 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1982; Initiated at 1982 national convention at the University of Illinois in Champaign, where his works "In Praise of Music", "The Mystic Trumpeter", and "Music Is", commissioned by the Sinfonia Foundation, were premiered)
- Halsey Stevens, 1908–1989 (Theta 1931; Composer)
- Frederick Stock, 1872–1942 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1908; Composer; Director, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1905–1942)
- Morton Subotnick, 1933–present (Alpha Epsilon 1951, American composer of electronic music, best known for Silver Apples of the Moon, composed in 1967)
- Fisher Tull, 1934–1994 (Gamma Theta 1955; composer)
- Ernö von Dohnányi, 1877–1960 (Epsilon Iota 1946; Hungarian conductor, composer, and pianist)
- Col. John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret.) al (Zeta Pi Honorary 1956, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1997, conductor, "The President's Own" Marine Band & composer/arranger)
- Harry Begian, 19??–2010 (Gamma Omicron 1941; Conductor & Composer)
- Joseph Hermann (Conductor/Educator, ABA President)
- George Bragg, 1926–2007 (Gamma Theta Honorary 1946, Alpha Alpha National Honorary ; Founder of the Grammy Award winning Texas Boys Choir)
- Robert De Cormier (Alpha Nu Honorary 1977)
- Weston Noble, 1922–present (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1975; Conductor of Luther College Nordic Choir, 1948–2005)
- Gregg Smith (Founder of the Gregg Smith Singers)
- Roger Wagner, 1914–1992 (Alpha Epsilon 1946; Director of Roger Wagner Chorale and Los Angeles Master Chorale)
- Walter Damrosch, 1862–1950 (Alpha Honorary 1917; American Symphony Conductor)
- Allan Dennis (educator & conductor)
- Antal Doráti|, KBE (Music Director, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1949–1960; Principal Conductor, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, 1966–1974)
- Sir Eugène Aynsley Goossens, 1893–1962 (Alpha Nu Honorary 1927; British Conductor & Composer; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1931–1947))
- Henry Hadley, 1871–1937 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1913, Conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, 1909–1911; Founder, San Francisco Symphony, 1911; guiding spirit of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and particularly in establishing the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, Massachusetts in 1934)
- Thor Johnson, 1913–1975 l (Alpha Rho 1932, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1948; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1947–1958, respected Moravian musician. Johnson served as the president of the Alpha Rho chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1933, and was the first recipient in 1952 of the Fraternity's Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award. One of the first American conductors to direct an American orchestra, he did much to develop and popularize orchestral music in the United States.)
- Keith Lockhart (Gamma Eta 1978; Music Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1995–present; Artistic Director, Brevard Music Center, 2008–present)
- Jesús López-Cobos (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1997?; Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1986–2001)
- Emil Oberhoffer (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1916; Conductor, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1903–1922)
- Henri Rabaud, 1873–1949 (Alpha Honorary, 1919; French conductor and composer, who held important posts in the French musical establishment and upheld mainly conservative trends in French music in the first half of the twentieth century; Conductor, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1918–1919)
- Max Rudolf (Conductor) (Eta-Omicron 1961)
- Ernest Schelling, 1876–1939 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Schelling was the first conductor of the Young People's Concerts of the New York Philharmonic, later conducted by Leonard Bernstein. The first concert was held March 27, 1924. The concerts were designed to encourage the love of music in children. They combined the orchestra's performance with a lecture about one aspect or another of the orchestra or the music itself with a picture or demonstration, so that children were exposed to a variety of stimuli. The concerts were highly appreciated by children, as well as their parents. Schelling held these concerts in New York, and also took them on the road.)
- Josef Stransky, 1872–1936 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Czech conductor)
- Gustav Strube, 1867–1953 (Alpha Honorary 1917, German-born conductor and composer. He was the founding conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1916, and taught at the Peabody Conservatory. He wrote one opera, Ramona, which premiered in 1916).
- Frank Van der Stucken, 1858–1929 (Eta Honorary, 1906; was an American composer and conductor, and founder of the Cincinnati Symphony in 1895).
- Henri Verbrugghen, 1873–1934 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1928, Belgian born conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1922 – c. 1931)
- Albert Ross Hill (Zeta; President of the University of Missouri, 1908–1921)
- Leo W. Jenkins (Zeta Psi Honorary 1960; President/Chancellor, East Carolina University, 1960–1972)
- Bryce Jordan, 1924–present (Alpha Iota 1946; Musicologist; President, Penn State University, 1983–1990)
- Harrison Keller (Alpha 1922; Director, New England Conservatory, 1946–1958)
- John M. Lilley (Gamma Iota 1958; President, Baylor University 2006–Present; President, University of Nevada; President, Penn State - Erie)
- Peter Mennin, 1923–1983 (Alpha Nu 1944; Director of the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School)
- John Decatur Messick (Zeta Psi Honorary 1957; President of East Carolina University, 1947–1959)
- Timothy Jackson Sullivan, 1944–present (Nu Sigma Honorary 2005; President of The College of William and Mary, 1992–2005)
- John E. Thomas (Rho Tau Honorary 1981; Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 1979–1993)
- James J. Whalen, 1927–2001 (Delta Honorary 1986, President, Ithaca College, 1975–1997)
- Herbert Witherspoon, 1873–1935 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1932; President, Chicago Musical College, 1925–19??; President, Cincinnati Conservatory; General Manager, Metropolitan Opera, 1935)
- Jim Bennett, 1940–present (Epsilon Nu 1961 Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Al; Alabama House of Representatives, Alabama Senate, Alabama Secretary of State, and Board of Trustees Jacksonville State University)
- Carroll D. Kearns, 1900–1976 (Rho 1921, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1958, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 1947–1963; He served as the ranking minority member on the United States House Committee on Education and Labor during the 86th and 87th Congresses.)
- Joshua B. Lee, 1892–1967 (Mu 1917; United States Senator from Oklahoma, 1937–1943)
- James Thomas Quarles, national president of both Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and MENC, founding dean of the University of Missouri School of Fine Arts.
- Carl Friedberg, 1872–1955 (Alpha Honorary 1917; German pianist and teacher; Student of Clara Schumann; Debuted on December 2, 1900 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustav Mahler. In 1893, gave a recital in the presence of Johannes Brahmswho highly admired his playing).
- Ernest Hutcheson, 1871–1951 (Alpha Honorary 1917(?); Australian pianist, President, Juilliard School of Music, 1937–1945)
- Ed Shaughnessy, 1929–present (Gamma Omicron 1953; swing music and bebop drummer best known for his long association with Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.)
- Sidney Harth, 1925–present (Zeta Kappa 1958, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1966)
- Franz Kneisel, 1865–1926 (Alpha Honorary 1917, American violinist and teacher of Romanian birth, concertmaster of Boston Symphony Orchestra and leader of Franz Kneisel Quartet, both of which financially supported by Alpha Honorary member Henry Lee Higginson).
- Henry Schradieck, 1846–1918 (Beta Honorary, c. 1900–1910; one of the foremost violin teachers of his day. He wrote a series of etude books for the violin which are still in common use today. Teacher of Karl Muck. "Fifth Sinfonian to be born.")
- Father Norman James O'Connor, 1921–2003 (Delta Omicron Honorary 1950, "The Jazz Priest", Associated with the Newport Jazz Festival, columnist for the Boston Globe, WGHB-TV personality, advocated the use of jazz in the Roman Catholic mass, host of Dial M For Music
- Vaughn Wiester (Epsilon Phi Honorary 1992)
- Florencio Constantino, 1869–1919 (Alpha Honorary 1917, Spanish-born tenor)
- Eugene T. Conley (Alpha Upsilon 1953, Gamma Theta Honorary 1961; Tenor)
- Emilio de Gogorza, 1872–1949 (Epsilon Honorary 1905, Alpha Alpha 1908; Baritone, Early recording artist for the Victor Company; had several Billboard top singles between 1901 and 1919)
- Jerome Hines, 1921–2003 (Bass) beta gamma March 1949
- Edward Johnson, 1878–1959 (Canadian born opera singer; General Manager of Metropolitan Opera, 1935–1950)
- George Shirley, 1934–present (Gamma Omicron 1953; Tenor)
- Clarence Whitehill, 1871–1932 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Baritone)
- Lyle Russell Cedric "Skitch" Henderson, 1918–2005 (Original conductor for The Tonight Show and The Today Show)
- Woodward Maurice Ritter, 1905-1974 (Alpha Iota 1927), better known as Tex Ritter, was an American country music singer and movie actor popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s, and the patriarch of the Ritter family in acting (son John and grandson Jason). He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Theodore Presser, 1848–1945 (Alpha Honorary 1917; founded Music Teachers National Association in 1876 with sixty-two colleagues in Delaware, Ohio; Founder of The Etude magazine in 1883, philanthropist who focused on music education, constructed the Home for Retired Musicians in Philadelphia, estate founded the Presser Foundation, namesake of the Presser Scholarships. "Sixth Sinfonian to be born" behind Henry Schradieck. The Theodore Presser Company is the oldest continuing music publisher in the United States. Each year the Presser Foundation awards scholarships, grants and funds specifically to further the cause of music education and music in America.)
- Archibald T. Davison (Alpha 1916; musicologist, conductor, and music educator)
- Glen Haydon, d. 1965 (Alpha Rho 1934)
- William S. Newman, 1912–2000 (Alpha Rho Honorary 1963; First cousin to actor Paul Newman)
- Edward Bailey Birge, 1868–1952 (Lambda Honorary 1924/Alpha Sigma Honorary 1930, Pioneer Music Educator; Founding member, 1907, and president of Music Supervisors National Conference (later known as MENC), 1910–1911; Author of the classic The History of Public School Music in the United States, the first history of American music education. Birge was one of four prominent music educators (along with Paul J. Weaver and Clarence C. Birchard) initiated during the 1924 national convention of what is now known as the Music Educators National Conference. Although the initiation took place in Cincinnati, his membership was assigned to a chapter in his locale, the Lambda chapter at DePauw University. Served as chairmen of the editorial board for the Music Educators Journal for many years. He originated the "MEJ Clubs" on college campuses that made possible student memberships. Though the clubs, the Journal was used in classes with prospective teachers. This greatly increased the circulation of the magazine.)
- O. Richard Bundy (Alpha Zeta 1968; Director of the Penn State Blue Band)
- Will Earhart, 1871–1960 (Iota Honorary 1923; Pioneer American music educator; President of MENC, 1915–1916)
- Joseph E. Maddy, 1891–1966 l (Epsilon 1927; Founder of Interlochen Arts Camp; President of MENC, 1936–1938)
- W. Otto Miessner, 1880–1967 (Pioneer Music Educator; President of MENC, 1923–1924)
- James Ployhar, 1926–2007 (Beta Rho 1952, Author of Contemporary Band Course)
- Al G. Wright, 1916– (Director of Bands Emeritus at Purdue University; board chairman of the John Philip Sousa Foundation)
- Daniel E. Gawthrop, 1949–present (Composer, Music Critic for The Washington Post; Composer of No Child Shall Be Left Fearful, men's choral work commissioned by the Fraternity's Province 20 in memory of the victims of September 11)
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- Percy Lee Atherton, 1871–1944 (Alpha Honorary 1916)
- Warren F. Benson, 1924–2005 (Epsilon Honorary 1946, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1969; Composer)
- Oscar J. Fox, 1879–1961 (Alpha Iota 1926, composer of western songs such as "The Hills of Home" (1925), "Old Paint" (1927), "The Old Chisholm Trail" (1924), "Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Git Along, Little Dogies" (1927), "Will You Come to the Bower?" (1936), and "The Cowboy's Lament" (1923).
- Arthur R. Frackenpohl, 1924–present (Theta Iota Honorary 1968; Composer)
- Hallate Gilberte, 1872-???? (Alpha 1917)
- Ross Hastings, 1915–1991 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1977; Known for setting of "Sinfonian Prayer" that first appeared in the 1972 edition of "Sinfonia Songs")
- Bruno Huhn (Alpha Honorary 1917; Sacred music composer)
- Theron Kirk, 1919–1999 (Gamma Iota 1940, composer of more than 1,000 published works for chorus, chamber groups, symphony orchestra, vocal solo, organ, carillon, and a one-act opera; National President, American Choral Directors Association, 1968–1970) The University of Texas at San Antonio houses a collection of Kirk's papers, including music composed by him.
- Felix Labunski (Eta)
- Henry L. Mason (Alpha Honorary 1916; associated with Mason & Hamlin piano manufacturing company; Grandson of pioneer American music educator Lowell Mason)
- Daniel W. McCarthy (Gamma Omega Honorary 1993; Pulitzer-Pride nominated American composer)
- Daniel T. Moe, 1926–2012 (Epsilon Zeta Honorary 1957)
- Ron Nelson Alpha Nu 1952
- Roger A. Nixon (Composer)
- Vincent J. Oppido (Rho Omicron 2009, Charter Member); (Composer, TRN Music, Kjos Music Publishers)
- Buryl Red (Gamma Iota 1954; Executive Producer of Silver Burdett's educational music programs)
- Louis Victor Saar, 1868–1937 (Eta Honorary, Omicron Honorary, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1917; Dutch composer, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, Munich in 1889 where he studied with Rheinberger and Bussmeyer. He then continued his studies in Vienna, Leipzig, and Berlin, including one winter with Brahms. From 1893-96, he was the accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Company. Antonín Dvořák hired Saar to teach harmony and counterpoint at the National Conservatory from 1896 to 1898. Saar also taught at the N.Y. College of Music, Institute of Musical Art of N.Y. from 1898–1906; Cincinnati College of Music from 1906 to 1917 (during which time he became affiliated with the Fraternity; and at the Chicago Musical College from 1917-34. In 1934 he moved to St. Louis to join the faculty of the St. Louis Institute of Music where he remained until his death on November 23, 1937. Best known within the Fraternity for his arrangement of Hail Sinfonia (c. 1923), which was based on Hail Poetry from the Pirates of Penzance.)
- P. Peter Sacco (Composer)
- David VanVactor, (Iota Honorary 1939)
- Robert Washburn, 1928–present (Theta Iota 1967; Composer)
- William H. Zinn (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1926)
- Adolphus Hailstork ("Rho Mu 2010") (World Renowned Composer)
- Lt. Col. John C. Clanton (Gamma Eta 1979; Dep. Com. of U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own"; Dir. of U.S. Army Chorus; Conductor, Armed Forces Chorus which performed at the funerals of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford)
- Raymond F. Dvorak, 1900–1982 (Alpha Xi 1925, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1966; Composer and Band Director)
- William F. Santelmann, 1902–1984 (Eta Psi Honorary 1960; Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1962, 21st Leader/Director of the United States Marine Band, serving from 1940–1955.)
- John Alexander (Omicron Pi Honorary; Pacific Chorale Artistic Director)
- Lara G. Hoggard, 1915–2007 (Beta Gamma Honorary 1939, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1966; Conductor and choral arranger; Founder of the Carolina Choir at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; served 31 years as the director of the North Carolina Summer Institute of Choral Art)
- Warner Imig, (Lambda 1936, Co-Founder and National President, American Choral Directors Association, 1962–1964).
- Lee Kjelson (Upsilon 1944)
- Howard S. Swan, 1906–1995 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1959, considered the "Dean of American Choral Directors)
- Sir Karl Bush, 1862-?, (Alpha Alpha National Honorary c. 1916), Danish born conductor, Knighted by King Christian X, Conductor of Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.
- Galen S. Karriker (Beta Omega 1988; clinician, conductor of The University of Akron Marching Band)
- Claire Fox Hillard (Rho Delta 2008) (Served 20 years as the conductor/music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Albany, Georgia)
- Clement Lenom, (Alpha Honorary 1914; Director, Boston Pops Orchestra, 1913–1916)
- Henry Sopkin (Rho 1922 Founder of Atlanta Symphony)
- Benjamin F. Swalin, 1901–1989 (Beta Gamma 1928; Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, 1939–1972; Swalin served as chapter president of the Beta Gamma chapter at Columbia University at some point between 1928 and 1931.)
- Harry John Brown (Rho Chi Honorary 1968; He conducted orchestras and bands on many television shows, including The Voice of Firestone, The Steve Allen Show, The Arthur Godfrey Show and many ABC Christmas specials)
- Robert Glidden (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1975; President, Ohio University, 1994–2004; National President, Pi Kappa Lambda, 1982–1985; National Executive Director, National Association of Schools of Music, 1972–1975)
- William A. Brandenburg (Beta Delta Honorary 1928; president of Pittsburg State University, 1913–1940).
- John W. Bardo (Omicron Epsilon Honorary 1996; Chancellor, Western Carolina University, 1995–present)
- Francis T. Borkowski (Epsilon Sigma 1963; President, University of South Florida, 1988–1993; Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 1993–2003)
- John R. Cunningham, 1891–1980 (Gamma Kappa Honorary 1941; President, Davidson College, 1941–1957; Exec. Dir., Southern Presbyterian Foundation, 1957–1964)
- Richard H. Dana III, 1851–1931 (Alpha Honorary 1917; President of Board of Trustees, New England Conservatory of Music, 1891–1899; Civil service reformer; son-in-law of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
- Harvey R. Durham (Rho Tau Honorary 1985; Interim Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 2003–2004)
- W. Grant Egbert, 1867–1928 (Delta 1903; President of Ithaca College, 1892–1924)
- Charles E. Friley, 1887–1958 (Alpha Delta 1934; President, Iowa State University, 1936–1953)
- Donald R. Haragan (Zeta Sigma Honorary 1999, President, 1996–2000, Interim President, 2003, Interim Chancellor, 2006, Texas Tech University)
- Alan F. Harre (Kappa Sigma Honorary 2007; President, Valparaiso University, 1988–Present)
- Leonard B. Job, 1891–1981 (Delta 1935; President, Ithaca College, 1932–1957)
- English E. Jones (Eta Beta Honorary 1972; University of North Carolina at Pembroke, President 1962–1972; Chancellor 1972–1979; Chancellor Emeritus 1979–1981)
- Otto Paul Kretzmann (Kappa Sigma Honorary 1963; President, Valparaiso University 1940–1968)
- Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald (Iota Kappa honorary; President, Lebanon Valley College 2004–present)
- Dr. William A. Meehan (Epsilon Nu Honorary 2001; President, Jacksonville State University, 1999–present)
- Kenneth E. Peacock (Rho Tau Honorary 2008; Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 2004–present)
- John Lawrence Seaton (Beta Iota Honorary 1931, President of Albion College, 1924–1945)
- Herbert W. Wey (Rho Tau Honorary 1971; President–Chancellor, Appalachian State University, 1969–1979)
- George C. Williams, 1874–1971 (Delta 1903, President, Ithaca College, 1924–1932; Supreme President of Sinfonia, 1903–1904
- Florenz Ziegfeld, Sr. (Alpha Honorary 1917, Director, Chicago Musical College; father of Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. of Broadway Ziegfeld Follies fame)
- Virgil Keel Fox, 1912–1980 (Concert Organist known for concerts with light shows)
- John Wallace Goodrich, 1871–1952 (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1912; American organist, conductor, and writer on music; Studied composition with George W. Chadwick; Joined the New England Conservatory faculty as organ instructor in 1897, appointed dean in 1907. Successor to Chadwick as director of the New England Conservatory, 1931–1942. Goodrich was organist at Church of the Messiah[disambiguation needed] and later Trinity Church in Boston from 1902 to 1907. He was the official organist for the Boston Symphony, 1897–1900, performing Handel’s Concerto in D minor in the first pair of concerts ever held at Symphony Hall, in October 1900. Founded Boston’s Choral Art Society in 1901 and served as its conductor until 1907.
- Karl Paulnack, (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 2011)
- Howard Brubeck, 1916–1993 (Epsilon Omicron 1952; Brother of jazz artist Dave Brubeck).
- Wilbur Campbell, 1926–1999 (Alpha Zeta Honorary 1957; Chicago area jazz drummer)
- Mike Tomaro, 1958–present (Iota Lambda 1979; Jazz musician; composer; arranger; recording artist; Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University; former member of Army Blues Jazz Ensemble)
- Pat Cronin, ?-present (Lambda Sigma Honorary 2006, Drama professor at East Tennessee State University, known from small roles in TV shows such as Seinfeld, Home Improvement, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Just Shoot Me!)
- Sy Mann (Pianist & Arranger for The Arthur Godfrey Show)
- Richard A. Crooks (Tenor)
- Christopher Dyson, 1982-present, (Omicron Omega 2011), American born tenor and actor
- Frederick W. Jagel (Tenor)
- Francis Willey Kelsey (National Honorary 190?)
- Danny J. Phillips, DJ P, 1973–Present ( Iota Rho Honorary 2004 ; DJ and Hip Hop Artist)
- Shay Watson (Iota Nu 1994, founding member of Watson and Nash)
- Bobby H. Black (Iota Nu 1993, founding member of The Las Vegas Tenors)
- Clarence C. Birchard, 1866–1946 (Alpha Honorary 1924 (?); Known for quote "We are teaching music not to make musicians but to make Americans". Birchard was one of four nationally recognized music advocates to be initiated into the Fraternity during the 1924 national convention of what is now the Music Educators National Conference)
- Hal G. Davis (Publisher)
- Leonard Feist (Beta Gamma Honorary 1958; Music publisher, copyright expert, & advocate for the music publishing industry)
- Donald G. Hinshaw, 1934–1996 (Gamma Kappa 1953; Founded Hinshaw Music in 1975, one of nation's largest religious music publishers)
- Neil Kjos, Jr. (Beta Gamma 1958)
- Neil Kjos, Sr. (Alpha Xi 1930, Co-founder MidWest Band & Orchestra Clinic)
- Traugott Rohner, (Iota 1934; founder of The Instrumentalist magazine)
- Arthur Paul Schmidt (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1919)
- Rudolph E. Schirmer (Alpha Honorary 1917; Poet; Son of Gustav Schirmer; President of G. Schirmer Publishers, 1893-?)
- Jan Herlinger (Zeta Nu 1959, authority on Marchetto da Padova and Prosdocimus de Beldimandis; medievalist).
- William K. Guegold (Epsilon Phi 1972; musicologist, music educator, Director of the University of Akron Music Department, author of "100 Years of Olympic Music: Music and Musicians of the Modern Olympic Games 1896–1996")
- Harold W. "Bud" Arberg Sr., 1918–2009 (Beta Gamma 1946; adapted the "Caisson" into the official song of the Army and who later became director of the arts and humanities division of the Department of Education).
- Clifford Buttelman (Iota Honorary 1932; MENC Executive Secretary, 1930–1955)
- Don Campbell (Gamma Theta 1965; Author of The Mozart Effect)
- Hollis Ellsworth Dann, 1861/3–1939 (Delta Honorary 1905, Beta Epsilon 1934, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1941; Supervisor of Music in Ithaca Public Schools, 1887–1905; Director Cornell University Glee Club, 1889–1921; President of MENC, 1919–1920; State Director of Music of Pennsylvania, 1921–1925; Professor and Head of Department of Music Education, New York University, 1925–1936; Author of Hollis Dann Music Course)
- Harold Decker, (Gamma Sigma 1947, Pioneer in choral education)
- Lawrence P. Fogelberg (Delta Nu 1951, father of singer Dan Fogelberg, inspiration for the song Leader of the Band)
- Charles A. Fullerton, 1861–1945 (President of MENC, 1911–1912)
- Russell P. Getz, 1925–1986 (Iota Kappa Honorary 1971; President of MENC, 1982–1984)
- Thaddeus P. Giddings, 1868–1954 (Alpha Mu 1930; Music Educator; Co-founder of Interlochen Arts Camp)
- Alexander M. Harley, 1895–1989 (Iota 1921, co-founded in 1936, with his wife, Frances, of the Modern Music Masters, or Tri-M Music Honor Society)
- Roger E. Jacobi (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1972; President Emeritus of Interlochen).
- Will James (Music Educator)
- Tim Lautzenheiser s (Delta Lambda 1966 Author, Music Educator, Motivational Speaker; Inaugural recipient of the Mr. Holland's Opus Award)
- Charles H. Leonard (Beta Gamma 1941; Music Educator, delivered the keynote address at the 1994 national convention in St. Louis, during the Fraternity's intense focus on music advocacy)
- Peter Christian Lutkin, 1858–1931 (Alpha Alpha 1912/Iota 1913; Founder and namesake of Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society)
- Anthony J. Maiello, (Delta 1962, Conductor, Educator, and Author of "Conducting: A Hands-On Approach")
- James K. McCully s (Mu Omicron 1979) National Endowment for the Arts, Opera Music Theater Fellow with OPERA News editor Patrick Smith & On-Site Evaluator of professional Opera & Music Theater Companies & Emerging Artists Programs nationally; National Opera Association Convention, Chairman & Vocal Competition Adjudicator with Metropolitan Opera tenor George Shirley; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Adjudicator with Paris Opera director Bernard LeFort, winner now Metropolitan Opera soprano Jan Grissom; Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition, General Director; Opera Music Theater International, President; Catholic University of America, Lecturer & Voice Instructor; & Washington DC Area Alumni Association, President & Conductor/Composer of AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT performed at The White House for President Bill Clinton. Arts & Humanities Award Grant In Music Criticism, Recipient & worked with Washington Post Music Critic Emeritus Dr. Paul Hume.
- Earl V. Moore (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1912)
- Karl Paulnack, (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 2011; Director, Music Division, Boston Conservatory)
- James Christian Pfohl, c. 1913 – c. 1990) (Alpha Rho 1931; Professor of music at Davidson College and founder of Brevard Music Center)
- Willis M. Rapp (Rho Sigma 1971, music education clinician, marching percussion composer, Department Chair of the Kutztown University Department of Music)
- Winthrop S. Sterling (Founder of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity; Supreme President of Phi Mu Alpha)
- Burnet C. Tuthill (Eta or Omicron 1923, Founder of the National Association of Schools of Music)
- Paul J. Weaver, 1889–1946 (Alpha Gamma Honorary 1923; One of four prominent music educators/advocates to be initiated at the 1924 national convention of MENC in Cincinnati under the supervision of Supreme President Peter W. Dykema; as one of the co-founders of the Alpha Rho chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was responsible for the advancement of the Fraternity into the Southeastern United States in 1926. Early editor of the Music Educators Journal.)
- George C. Wilson (Alpha Xi 1928, President of the American Bandmaster Association, 1965; Longtime faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp, serving as a faculty member, vice-president, and interim president in 1970–1971.)
- Alex H. Zimmerman (Alpha Alpha National Honorary 19??; President of MENC, 1962–1964)
- John Mikulski, 1957–2008 (Music Educator)
- Louis Charles Elson, 1848–1920 (Alpha Honorary 1900, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1912) Music critic; Studied music theory with Carl Gloggner at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1876 he became a contributor to the Musician and Artist, and in 1877 began contributing to the Vox Humana of which he became editor in 1879. He was chiefly known as one of the editors of the Boston Musical Herald and music critic for the Boston Courier. He contributed articles to the Boston Transcript and New York Tribune. Translated and arranged over two thousand German, French, and Italian songs. He composed songs in the style of the German Lied, and was the composer of the Fraternity's song Student Life, first published in 1908. He joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory in 1881.
- Scott Heisel, 1982–present (Zeta Beta 2000; music editor, Alternative Press)
- Herman Thuman, 1880–19?? (Alpha Honorary 1917, Omicron Honorary 1916, Eta Honorary 1921), Music critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Only known Sinfonian to hold honorary memberships in three collegiate chapters.
Not really notable (even the ones with wiki pages)
- Georges Barrère, 1876–1944 (Alpha Honorary 1917; French born flutist; Solo flutist, Paris Opera, 1897–1905; First flutist, New York Symphony, 1905–19??; Institute of Musical Art/Juilliard faculty, 1905–1944?; Teacher of Meredith Willson)
John Vincent, 1902–1977 ("Delta 1923"; Composer, Professor of Composition at UCLA 1946–1969)
- Jean Berger, 1909–2002 (Theta Kappa Honorary 1970)
- Roland Carter (Beta Epsilon 1965/Alpha Alpha National Honorary 2006; composer, conductor, and pianist)
- Ernest Charles, 1895–1984 (Upsilon Honorary 1941) Composer of art songs
- David N Childs (Pi Delta Honorary, Choral Conductor and composer in Residence, Vanderbilt University)
- Joseph W. Clokey, 1890–1960 (Alpha Theta 1923; educator, organist and composer of sacred and secular music in the first half of the 20th Century, Stepfather of Art Clokey (1921–2010), the creator of the character Gumby and of his horse Pokey, which, along with the popular "pokey sticks" breadsticks of Gumby's Pizza fame, represents a play on words on the name "Clokey."
- Moses Hogan, 1957–2003 (Honorary 1999?, Arranger of African-American spirituals; Founder of Moses Hogan Chorale and Moses Hogan Singers)
- Austin C. Lovelace, 1919–present (Epsilon Upsilon Honorary 1981; Prolific composer of sacred music)
- Lloyd Pfautch (Director, Dallas Civic Chorale)
- Harry R. Wilson, 1901–1968 (Tau Honorary 1924, Alpha Alpha National Honorary 1956; Charter member of the American Choral Directors Association, President of Phi Mu Alpha, 1964–1967; Composer of "Happy Is The Man", commissioned by the Fraternity; MENC Music Educator Hall of Fame inductee, 1996)
- Jan Kubelík, 1880–1940 (Alpha Honorary 1917; Czech-born Violinist)
- Coenraad V. Bos, 1875–1955 (Alpha Honorary 1917)
An asterisk (*) denotes a Charter member
A circumflex (^) denotes initiation as an Honorary. Note that all Alpha Alpha members are Honorary.
An asterisk (*) indicates recognition on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
An (‡) indicates recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
A lower case f indicates recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
A lower case k indicates Kennedy Center honoree.
A lower case p indicates recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
The following are special honors and awards presented by the Fraternity to its membership:
A lower case l indicates recipients of the Charles E. Lutton Man Of Music Award. Named in honor of former national secretary Charles E. Lutton (1887–1950), this award was first presented in 1952 to Thor Johnson. Since 1964, it has been presented triennially at the fraternity's national convention.
A lower case s indicates "Signature Sinfonians" honorees.
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